• Dec 3, 2010
It's been a quarter-century since the last time it happened, but Chevrolet's reborn Camaro appears set to steal away the yearly pony car sales crown from the Ford Mustang.

According to AutoWeek, the Bowtie Brigade has cleared 75,685 Camaro sales through the end of November, while the Blue Oval has shifted 68,264 units. Extrapolating the monthly sales totals to the end of December, AW estimates that Chevrolet will finish 2010 with around 82,500 sales, besting the Ford's estimate of 74,500. Trailing the muscle car pack in sales is Dodge's Challenger lineup, trending at around 36,000 units.

There has certainly been pent-up demand for the Camaro among consumers after its prolonged absence, but what's even more impressive about its yearly sales total is that if the lead holds, the Chevy will have outsold the Ford and the Dodge with far fewer special editions and no convertible bodystyle like the Mustang. (A droptop Camaro is slated to go on sale next year, and a high-performance Z28 variant is also expected).

For more details on the pony car sales race, check out the link below.

Photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips and John Neff / AOL

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Kickin' A..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd still take the stang...GT,with a stick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've got all that. . .wanna buy mine?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Dodge were to give the Challenger the Pentastar V6 like they said they would, give the Challenger a new interior, give us a Challenger SRT10, and maybe add cylinder shutdown to the engine, and maybe put in the new 8 spd transmission that they were talking about, Challenger sales would explode.
      There are already good reasons to buy the CURRENT Challenger, it's as practical as a family sedan due to its humongous backseat and humongous trunk. And it clearly wins in the styling department. I know I'm gonna get voted down for saying this, but the Mustang looks old, and while the Camaro looks great, it doesn't look retro enough.
      All these changes would turn the Challenger into a class leader.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude Tro,

        I'll agree the Challenger is big but way short on performance is a bit much unless you mean the SRT is way more money then an SS or GT because an SRT is right there with those boys in the straights, hell MT had an Magnum SRT running a 13 Flat(why MT can't get a Challenger to do is beyond me) and around the skid .9g's for what the LX/LY platform is, its really good. Also the 2011 Challenger 392 (still huge) pulls .93g's. I'm just saying for a 2 ton car it does good. Also interior isn't as bad most carmags say good but bland and GTR is huge too ever see one? That car is crazy fast...Just saying the Challenger keeps getting better (see '11 and that a good thing) and in the end I can still have fun @ the drive- ins!!! (See back see and your favorite chicha!) oh and he is MT http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/wagons/112_0509_performance_wagons/index.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not sure which Challenger you've been sitting in, but that backseat is ANYTHING but huge. I'm barely 5'8 and i felt like cutting my ankles off to fit comfortably back there for a 45 minute trip. Dodge falls way short on performance, mpg, interior materials, ergonomics and style, and price - that's quite a few things it needs fixed.

        As for ford vs. chevy - the engines and exterior really are dead even and a matter of choice - which apparently more people like an aggressive new style and proven reliable powertrain. In fact, the only reason I would choose the mustang is to save ~300lbs. But it does compromise chassis rigidity and real road handling ability. A camaro with 18" wheels and some jenny craig aluminum would have been perfect, oh well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Price sells car. Loaded out 2SS coupe msrp is $38430. That doesnt include the stupid overpriced wheels chevy sells or any of the crazy apperence packages. Automatic

      Mustang is $40,125 only diffrence is camero has 20inch wheels. Mustang 19inch. Also the mustang isnt offered with a sunroof so thats without the glass roof.

      Experencing both ford and gm over the last couple years I would spend the extra for the mustang. But most people wont.

      Id take the GT500 over the upcoming Z28 though.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Almost nobody would make a purchasing decision based on less than $2K on a $40K car. Brand loyalty and image is much more important. I'd bet there's actually not that much true cross-shopping between Camaro and Mustang.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yikes, i guess the car buying public is devolving. the Mustang keeps getting a better and better since the retro-design, while the Camaro looks like it was shat out by a focus group of 10 year old boys... that are obsessed with Transformers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I cannot wait to start reading the Z28 vs GT500 tests. Should be great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the camaro is a big bloated lard ass. How can one seriously pick that turd over the mustang. Not only does the mustang go fast in a straight line you can flog it around the track.

      I do not understand how you can seriously pick the camaro.

      Also if you are picking on aesthetics alone then you might need some glass cause the Challenger is hands down the better looking lard ass. (yes i know muscle vs pony, just speaking about aesthetics)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Santa,
      Please bring me a new Camaro for Christmas!
      • 4 Years Ago
      All I have to say is which of the two model was discontinued for many years and has just made a comeback? I really don't see how Chevy fans can be dancing in the streets over this news. I would prefer a Challenger over both of them, even more now because I know I won't see so many others on the roads.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not that I would buy either one, but I am struggling to figure why the Camaro would be "poised to outsell" the Mustang right now?

      Engine: Mustang with the new 5.0
      Gearbox: wash... both come with manual or automatic.
      Weight: Mustang is lighter.
      Suspension: Camaro... independent... but the weight issue comes back to bite Camaro again.
      Interior: Mustang, no contest.
      Styling: Mustang, but barely. Both look far too cartoonish, but Mustang just a bit less so... if you can ignore the back end. The camaro looks cartoonish for any angle.

      I guess I am not seeing the big advantage to the Camaro over the Mustang, if one is to really cross-shop the two.

      Frankly, since Mercury won't be doing it... I'm waiting for Lincoln to make a non-retro, well equipped GT coupe based on the Mustang's drivetrain, with more sophisticated suspension.

      Or Hyundai to fix the styling of the Genesis coupe and shoe-horn a 5.0 Tau V8 under the hood for the same money as a Mustang GT Premium, which ever comes first.

      Pontiac is dead, so no re-bodied, modernized Camaro alternative from them.

      Not everybody is so deeply devoted to re-living the 40-years-past glory-days. I am not even 40 years old. The mustangs I remember were light weight, lithe, and modern looking when they were on the new car showroom floor, in the late 80s, not the late 60s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There hasn't been a Camaro since 2002. The noveltly of a new Camaro, along with it's striking looks (cartoonish though they are), is bound to stir up the faithful, as well as a new group of younger buyers. Because of this, I don't think it matters that the Mustang beats it in nearly every way. Ever heard of the saying "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 2010 Mustang was still on sale for half the year and is still a good portion of dealer inventory. The 2010 was a lame duck this year since any serious gearhead knew about the 5.0 and 3.7 powertrain and chassis upgrades which completely changed the character of the car.

        The Mustang has effectively had half a year of sales to compete against the Camaro with and even now the 2011's are in short supply while dealers try to clear the dead-in-the-water 2010's. Wait for next year, I predict a Mustang blowout as the 2011-12 is unquestionably the better car in every facet outside of subjective opinions on design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As I see it:
        - Engines are something of a wash, as they will always see-saw back and forth
        - Handling is a wash, IRS vs lighter weight
        - Styling is a matter of taste - I much prefer the Camaro over the Mustang, even with its tiny, little greenhouse
        As they're mechanically so equivalent, the sales will remain close.

        The Lincoln Mark coupe that you're looking for has been all but obliterated by Ford and their stupid "MK"-blah naming.

        Pontiac being dead simply trades against not getting a Cougar from now-dead Mercury.

        Oddly, I always saw Mustangs as looking more like econobox coupes, being so tall and upright compared to the F-bodies. But again, that's just taste. It'll be a fun race to watch, and better if Dodge could ever get their Challenger sorted out properly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well John H,

        The engines may be a wash, but the Mustang is light enough to handily beat the Camaro in every accelleration test even though the numbers are close as far as hp/tq.

        The chassis is not a wash, unless you like to brag about having IRS for some reason, Mustang mops the floor with Camaro when it comes to handling and braking. Period.

        Yes, looks are subjective. It's hard for me to imagine anyone looking at Camaro up close for more than 5 minutes and continuing to think it looks very good. I will admit it has presence on the road but as soon as you get close, the proportions just look funny.

        Mustang's interior is miles ahead of Camaro's.

        I imagine when the full model year (not calendar year since we're talking two model years that have overlapped in 2010 calendar year) is over, Mustang is likely to be on top, Camaro convertible and Z28 won't be enough to keep that thing looking fresh, it's as stale as the '05 Mustang which was refreshed a year ago. People will continue to see that Mustang is the best bang for the buck and the better car in just about every way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd be interested to see which one sells in greater numbers when fleet sales are taken out of the equation, as those numbers skew the perception of popularity that sales number give.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It'll be a blowout once convertible and Z28 production comes online.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's pent-up demand for a Mustang alternative. Believe me, this new Camaro will look as tired and cliche as the last one in no time flat. I'm already sick of seeing them. A 2011 Mustang GT cruises by and I see something I'd cherish, preserve and watch my son drive off in on prom night. A 2011 Camaro? Well, I see a transformer being navigated by someone who is trying desperately to compensate for something.
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